15 Days!!!

8-) ASU #15

Tony Washington


Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
City/State: High Point, N.C.
High School: T.W. Andrews

Tony is going to be an integral part of the offense this year. Will probably see an increase of 30-40% in production. Last season, Tony caught 32 passes for 355 yards and 2 touchdowns. We can easily see a 50 catch season near 600 yards and four touchdowns. Washington may also spend some time at punt and kick return.

54 Days!!!

:D ASU #54 :thumb:

Small, Darian

DL 6-2 285

Fr. Hampton, Ga.


The big question for Small for 2012 is whether or not he plays. Small was a big recruit, being courted by Georgia Southern as well, but never wavered in wanting to come to Appalachian. Small does not take after his name at all, as he is already a big kid, and whether his game is ready at 18 years of age will be determined in August. Defensive tackle is an area of need based solely on the unknown. Appalachian currently lists two redshirt freshmen in the starting role. Thomas Bronson and Stephen Burns will likely rotate quite a bit and its very possible we see Small in 2012.

63 Days!!!

#63 Shaq Counts
Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 295
Year: Freshman
City/State: Irmo, S.C.
High School: Irmo

Shaq is penciled in to start at left guard after redshirting last season. Shaq was overwhelmed in fall practice last year as he tried several positions on the line, including center. His footwork needs to improve, but expect to see Shaq blocking downfield and finishing blocks on the inside. Left Guard is the most inexperienced position on the line with Counts’ backup being UNC transfer Alex Couthard.

67 Days!!!

:D ASU #67 :thumb:

Ian Barnard


Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 277
Year: Junior
City/State: Norcross, Ga.
High School: Wesleyan School

Ian is slotted to start at right guard this fall. Despite being a junior, Barnard has played for the most part at either right guard or left tackle in his career. Barnard appeared in nine games last year, starting in the last five games of the season, mostly at left tackle. Barnard did not participate in three games last season. In 2010, Barnard made seven apperances primarily at right guard.

80 Days!!!

:D 8-) ASU #80 :thumb: :notworthy:

Starks, Chris

WR 6-1 170 Fr.

Lithonia, Ga. (Miller Grove)

Chris is part of the 2012 recruiting class and was one of the last high schoolers to commit to the Mountaineers. Starks supposedly has a sub 4.4 forty yard dash. Starks played all over the field in high school, including kick return, safety, running back, and special teams; blocking field goals and punts.

2011 Highlights

81 Days!!!

:D :notworthy: ASU #81 :thumb:

Bobo Beathard


Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 191
Year: Freshman
City/State: Haymarket, Va.
High School: Battlefield

Another receiver who redshirted in 2011. Has a popular name but we have not seen much from him in spring or fall practices. Has a ways to go to work up the depth chart, but plenty of time to do so. Bobo has good size  for a slot receiver.

83 Days!!!

8-) ASU #83 8-) :thumb:

Simms McElfresh


Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 173
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Charlotte Christian


Simms is one of fourteen receivers listed on Appalachian’s current roster. Currently slated as the back up at the “M” receiver to Andrew Peacock. The “M” receiver in the Mountaineer offense lines up in the slot, or inside. Peacock is a possession receiver so we can imagine the same qualities in McElfresh as Peacock. We have not seen much from Simms, as last year he redshirted.

84 Days!!!

:D 8-) ASU #84 :thumb:

Zac Baker


Position: Tight End
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 238
Year: Junior
City/State: Tunnel Hill, Ga.
High School: Northwest Whitfield


Zac had to move to the offensive side of the ball, basically because of bad luck. When he first came to Appalachian, the linebacking corps was stacked. When Appalachian went to a 3-4 defensive scheme,  his position was basically eliminated. The move to tight end will allow Zac’s athleticism to shine in goal line and two tight end formations.